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The Future of Playwriting: Caroline Jester, Charlene James & Dan Rebellato

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Step inside Bloomsbury Publishing for an unforgettable night on the future of play writing and playwrights with four fascinating writers for the stage.

In this event exclusively for theatre fans, storytellers and those curious about what it takes to write an award-winning, sold out show beloved by audiences all over the world, we invite you to join us as Caroline Jester, Charlene James and Dan Rebellato discuss play writing; its history, its peaks and falls, and why some of the best writers working today don't like to think of their audience...

Read the piece published by the Guardian about 'I challenge them to leave but force them to stay': playwrights on their audiences.

Please note: a fourth playwright will be joining this event but you'll need to book your ticket to find out who it is! Caroline has kindly invited another of the exciting and respected writers featured in the her book to join us but we've been sworn to secrecy!

Caroline's book Fifty Playwrights on their Craft is an eye-opening account of writing that everyone who loves plays and the stage will want to read and our inspiration for this important event. We really hope to see you there.

In a series of interviews with fifty playwrights from the US and UK, Caroline's book offers a fascinating study of the voices, thoughts, and opinions of today's most important dramatists. Filled with probing questions, Fifty Playwrights on their Craft explores ideas such as how does playwriting help a global dialogue; where do dramatists find the ideas that become the stories and narratives within their plays; how can the stage inform the writer's creative process; how does crossing boundaries between art forms push the living art form of theatre-making forward; and will there be playwrights in another 50 years? Read more >

If you would like to bring a group or five or more together, please email insitute@bloomsbury.com for a significant discount on your tickets.

Date: Wednesday, January 24th
Timing: 6:30pm to 8pm (doors and drinks reception from 6pm)
Venue: Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, WC1B 3DP
Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road
Tickets: £15 for adults / £10 students and concessions.

Caroline's Fifty Playwrights on their Craft will be on sale at the event for £15.00 (RRP £25.00)

This event is hosted by Bloomsbury Institute, a divison of Bloomsbury Publishing. Please read our Event Terms and Conditions carefully as by buying a ticket to this event, you confirm that you accept these terms and condition and that you agree to comply with them, alongside the Eventbrite terms and conditions.

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Caroline Jester is a writer and dramaturg. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Creative and Critical Writing at Birmingham City University, UK, a Master on the MA in Dramatic Writing at Central Saint Martins, UK and has been Literary Manager and Dramaturg at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, UK. Jester's publications include Europa (2013), Dramatic Writing Masterclasses: Key Advice from the Industry Masters (2017) and Playwriting Across the Curriculum (2011).

Charlene James is an award-winning playwright and an actor who trained at Birmingham School of Acting and The School at Steppenwolf, Chicago. In 2008, she participated in the Royal Court’s Young Writers Programme and in 2012 she was selected to be one of the 503 Five at Theatre 503. In 2013 Charlene became a writer in residence at the Birmingham Rep for their season focusing on mental health. Her play, Tweet Tweet, was commissioned by the Birmingham Rep as part of Young Theatre Makers. It premiered at The Birmingham Rep before touring. Charlene was awarded the Alfred Fagon Award, for best new play at the National Theatre for Cuttin' It, a play focusing on Female Genital Mutilation - which then transferred in 2016 to the Royal Court and Young Vic respectively to considerable critical acclaim and was nominated for Best New Play at the UK Theatre Awards 2016. Charlene was awarded the George Devine Award 2015 for the same play as well as winning a BBC Audio Drama award for her radio adaptation of Cuttin' It. She was then awarded the Charles Wintour award for Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2016. She is a Jerwood New Playwright 2016 and is currently under commission from RADA, Royal Court and Royal Exchange Manchester.

Dan Rebellato is an English dramatist and academic born in South London. He is Professor of Contemporary Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London and has written extensively for radio and the stage.

His plays include Chekhov in Hell (Plymouth Drum, 2010), Static (Suspect Culture & Graeae, 2008), Here’s What I Did With My Body One Day (Lightwork, 2005/6), Mile End (Analogue, 2007), Beachy Head (Analogue, 2009), Theatremorphosis (Suspect Culture & CCA, 2009), Outright Terror Bold and Brilliant (NYT/Soho, 2006) and A Modest Adjustment (National Theatre, 2006). I’ve written twelve plays for BBC Radio, including Cavalry, My Life is a Series of People Saying Goodbye, and Negative Signs of Progress. I’m currently writing two plays for the Drum Theatre, Plymouth and am one of the three writers adapting the whole of Émile Zola's Rougon-Macquart for Radio 4.

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